Today we headed back to the Civil Affairs office where after completing our 1 day "Harmonious Period" to make sure that we still want to adopt them(we didn't need a day....we didn't need a second, they have been ours in our hearts and minds for months, their adoption became official and final in the eyes of the Chinese government.
They are ours.
Praise the Lord!
Where to even begin.
Hands down one of the most intense days of my life.
I'm not sure I have the brain capacity at the moment to even try and describe what that experience was like.
Scratch that. I know I don't.
There are no words.
We arrived around 2:30 and after a few incredible minutes of watching family after family be united with their child I was about ready to ugly cry. It was ahhhhmazing.
There is a curtain that separates the parents waiting area from where they keep the children until their name is called and not too long after our arrival there about 8 feet in front of me peaking out from behind that curtain was Jacob.
Be still my heart.
He immediately recognized us, smiled and waved.
Precious does not even begin to describe that moment in time but the look on his face is something I will never forget.
He bopped in and out of our view from that tiny crack in the curtain over the next couple of minutes each time smiling and waving more frantically and the anticipation was truly almost too much to bear. And then all of a sudden it was our name being called and out came our sweet Joseph.
It took the official a few minutes to remember/realize that we were also waiting for Jacob and they quickly then brought him out too.
Time stood still.
From then on out it is kind of a blur of fun, snackage, candy, toys and stolen hugs.
We then boarded the bus to head to the CareFour(oh my goodness I hope I can find the words tomorrow to try and tell you about that experience!!) they jumped right into our arms and have never looked back.
The last two days....though absolutely exhausting.....have been nothing short of miraculous. Everyone has adjusted remarkably, they are the happy, easy going kids I thought that they would be....just much, much smaller. None of the clothes I brought for them fit. Jacob is manageable size wise but Joey is as itty-bitty as itty bitty can get. I need to make a run to the toddler department some time soon.
They are a whole lotta love wrapped up in two tiny packages.
6 days ago